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and a half months, at which point the debt ceiling will be reinstituted at a higher level. we expect the government will probably borrow something on the order of $400 billion between now and such time as the debt ceiling is re-established. we have got $16.4 trillion in debt today, so by the time the debt ceiling is reapplied, rei am posed, it will just under $17 trillion. now, at that point, we will be right back to the standoff that we were at very recently, standoff over what to do about this massive amount of debt we already have and the massive amount of additional debt that the administration would like to create. now, the administration's position is very clear. they want additional borrowing authority with no strings attached, no conditions, no limits on future spending. they just want to be able to keep borrowing. some on our side of the aisle feel very strongly that any increase in the debt ceiling that authorized still more borrowing needs to be accompanied with some measure of spending discipline so that we can at some point begin to regain control over these out-of-contr
the debt ceiling? >> well, a decision by house republican leaders at their retreat about two weeks ago. they tried in 2011 to use the debt limit as a leverage point of force obama to swallow big spending cuts. it worked, but it was terribly damaging, but the the nation's economy and to their political capital. congressional plummeted to something like 9 percent. and they recognize that this was a bad idea. gambling with the faith and credit of the united states it turns out as a pretty bad idea. we were downgraded for the first time in the nation's history. they did not want to do that again. like us said, they did not want to vote for a bigger national debt either. that does not fit with their philosophy, so they came up with this strategy of saying, okay, we will suspend it. in the meantime, we really want the senate to pass a budget for 2014, and the law also says that if either chamber fails to adopt the budget by april 15th, their paychecks will be docked. so the whole idea of this thing is to a postpone this sort of economy prattling default situation until they can prosecute thi
. that has to change. [applause] now, the house won't consider another debt ceiling increase unless the senate passes a budget. and we're not going to just keep raising the debt ceiling. we're going to make a down payment on debt reduction, and we're going to point the country in the right direction, we're going to cut spending. [applause] you know, there will be times p when conservatives disagree on the way forward. we've never marched in lockstep. that's not what we do. a healthy debate is a good and needed thing. we can deliberate in private without fighting in public. all we should ask of each other is that we give an honest account of our actions and their reasons for them. we should challenge the left, not each other. and if we take the prudent course, you know what? we'll be in really good company. our founders were men of prudence. take james madison. nowadays we call him the founder, the father of the constitution. but at the constitutional convention, he lost some key arguments. you know, he fought the plan to give each state the same number of seats in the senate. he tho
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